Malek Harwell Finishes Stellar Prep Career

Century was prepared. Even four years ago, the Pocatello (Idaho) high school knew it would need to make space in the record books for freshman phenom Malek Harwell. As it turned out, the Diamondbacks may have to rename it after him.

Malek Harwell, a 6-foot-4, silky smooth Boise State signee, put the finishing touches on his stellar prep career last weekend as he led Century to the 4A state consolation championship.

During his four years as a Diamondback, Harwell set school records in career points (1,901), most career 3-pointers (172), most points in a season (408), most points in a single game (44) and most 3-point field goals in a game (8). He also led his team to four straight state tournament appearances, earning hardware in his final two.

The future Bronco had to overcome a torn meniscus early in his senior year, but came back stronger than ever and guided his squad on a resurgence and back into the state tournament.

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"It definitely wasn't what I expected it to be," Harwell said of his final prep season. "I didn't expect to get hurt two games into it. But it was great going on those winning streaks when I came back. We didn't get what we wanted at the end. But that's how it is. I'm pretty content with it."

Admittedly, though, Harwell would trade all the records for a state title. That competitiveness and desire for team success over that of the individual is partially what drew numerous colleges to eastern Idaho.

Boise State recruited Harwell early. Head coach Leon Rice and his staff saw the potential. They watched him grow from an instinctual athlete on the court as a freshman to a true floor general who used his intelligence as much as his immense talent his senior year. They saw progression and a unique understanding of his role on the team from the shooting guard.

They salivated. Boise State wanted Harwell, so much in fact that Rice made a point of seeing him play as much as possible.

The feeling was mutual. Harwell committed to the Broncos in September and signed his National Letter of Intent in December.

"The coaches still contact me daily and tell me how excited they are to get me there and get working," he said.

Last Saturday, his high school career literally just a few hours behind him, Harwell and his family attended Boise State's final home game of the season. The Broncos clinched the Mountain West regular-season championship in front of a very lively crowd. Harwell soaked it all in.

"It was pretty cool to see that many people come out to the game," he said. "I was shocked, They got really loud. Just watching the team get (the championship) was exciting. I just can't wait to be part of it and to be part of that great program under coach Rice. I'm looking forward to it."

Harwell was also excited to see the progression of Boise State senior Derrick Marks. He sees himself being able to grow as a Bronco as well.

"I can't expect to go in and dominate like I do in high school," Harwell said. "I'm going to have to be patient with it. There will be ups and downs, but the coaches will help me out and put me in the right position to succeed."

In the meantime, Harwell has joined the Century golf team. When he's not on the course, he's in the gym lifting or putting up shots.

"I can't wait to get up there and play," Harwell said. "I'm excited to be a Bronco."


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